Delighted, as ever, to offer a new issue of Antiphon (see below for contents). We’ve been honoured by some particularly sparkling writing – it feels like a strong issue to me. Let us know what you think!
It’s fascinating to hear all the different voices of our poets. Here’s a bonus selection for your weekend enjoyment.
Totem Song by Mike Saye
Kirstenbosch by Alexandra Strnad
Walk by Judith Taylor
Summer Solstice Anchorage by Jill Dery
Artwork by Alice Tarbuck
Nightswimming in a Stranger’s Pool by Mike Saye
Undammed by Ivy Schweitzer
Exhaustion by Becca Menon
Nurse’s Day by Tamam Kahn
Issue 19 Contents
Prologue Act One
Mariana and the Roadkill – Sally Douglas
The Specifics – Morna Finnegan
Kirstenbosch – Alexandra Strnad
Undammed – Ivy Schweitzer
Walk – Judith Taylor
The Years – Isabel Bermudez
Fulford Lake, Alberta – Karen Petersen
In Deep – Julia Deakin
Intellect – Robert Beveridge
Apoptosis – C Wade Bentley
Nightswimming in a Stranger’s Pool – Mike Saye
Summer Solstice Anchorage – Jill Dery
Place de l’Opéra – Kate Noakes
Sky-gardens – Alexandra Strnad
Earth Girls, Lisa Brockwell
The Density of Salt, Kate Garrett
Three Short Reviews:
Alan Buckley, The Long Haul
Roy McFarlane, Beginning with your Last Breath
Mark Pajak, Spitting Distance
Noir, Charlotte Gann
Abraham – Jory Mickelson
Factoring – Rachel Nix
A Great Work – Rebecca Hurst
Out of Place – Ivy Schweitzer
Stone-watching – Mark Leech
They Arrive Restless – Obi Nwakanma
Artwork Number 53, Borough Station – Alice Tarbuck
Clarification – Michael Farry
New Moon – Tim Love
Totem Song – Mike Saye
Perfectly Still – Ellen Goldsmith
Nurse’s Day – Tamam Kahn
Navigating the Annals – Abegail Morley
Running in the Rain – Sarah Law
Exhaustion – Becca Menon
As part of Sheffield Hallam University’s Catalyst Festival, Antiphon has been preparing an anthology of poetry by poets connected with the university. It’s the first time we’ve tried a print publication and marks the official launch of Antiphon Press!
Noel and I managed to persuade Carolyn Waudby, a Senior Lecturer at Hallam, to join us in the project, and I’ve spent the last few months learning about typesetting, layout, optical justification and kerning etc. We’ve just received the proof copy from the printers and we’re delighted with it! The full book launch will be on 19th October as part of Sheffield’s Off the Shelf festival. Not content with giving ourselves the task of organising work from 36 poets, there’s also an art competition and exhibition linked to the book.
We’re not sure where we’ll take Antiphon Press from here, but we now have a bunch of ISBN numbers that need a home!
We’re thrilled that the British Library wishes to include Antiphon in a new open access archive of poetry websites/mags in the UK.
At present they are allowed to archive UK websites without seeking permissions with the caveat that the archival copies are only available to readers on Library premises. They wish to extend their archive to preserve certain sites in an online poetry collection, accessible to all, where it will be preserved for posterity along with a number of other poetry e-zines and journals published in the UK.
Given that all issues of Antiphon are open access and available on our website, and that this is archiving rather than new use, I don’t imagine contributors have an objection to the proposal. If any wish to discuss it, please contact me by 31st August. I think this is a great honour for Antiphon and all who have sailed in her!
Some of you may be aware that Antiphon is producing a print anthology (called Millstone Grit) of poetry associated with Sheffield Hallam University, as part of their Catalyst festival.
Alongside the book we’re holding an art competition where we’re asking artists to respond to some of the poems. We will print out copies of around 10 of the most effective artworks we receive and they will be exhibited, alongside the poems, at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK, in October 2016. There will be cash prizes for the top three exhibits.
Full details, and the poems, can be found on thecompetition website. We’re encouraging local artists to enter, but in fact are happy to receive work from anyone, from anywhere!
Remember, the art must look good printed out no larger than A3 size (297 x 420 mm, 11.7″ x 16.5″).
Ode to my Weight Loss – Krista Cox
Vigilant Poem – Samantha Madway
Atheism – Claire Scott
The Passenger – Theophilus Kwek
Mass Spectrometry – Hannah Hackney
Maybe It Was Something about Trolls – C Wade Bentley
Nervous for Cigarettes – Ricky Garni
My Xylophone – Clark Holtzman
Net Operating Loss – Kathryn Pallant
Current Account – Annette Volfing
The Decision – Helen Evans
The Ball – Charlotte Gann
Suicides – Bayleigh Fraser
Tumbleweed – Charlotte Innes
Suburban Mid-Life Crisis – Tiffany Krupa
Lullaby – David Briggs
Interval – Reviews
Helena Nelson, How (Not) To Get Your Poetry Published
Ruby Robinson, Every Little Sound
Stephen Payne, Pattern beyond Chance
Changes – Daniel Bennett
Coltsfoot – Hilde Weisert
Puffins – David Seddon
Sinkhole – Simon Haworth
Passed – John Greening
Looking for a Northern Light – Rebecca Gethin
Laika – Cheryl Pearson
Erasure – Robert Ford
Timescape – Jane Røken
Snapshot, Yesterday – Jennifer A McGowan
For a moment, lying on the grass in summer – Ingrid Hanson
At the Van Nuys State Disability Insurance Office – Yxta Maya Murray
Vanishing Point – Nicky Thompson
Rue de l’Aude – Sally Spedding
Gloria – Ian Tromp
Slim Volume – Seth Crook